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Last year, the citizens of Jackson County Oregon voted to ban the planting of GMO crops because the pollens from those poisons tended to fly with the wind and contaminate organic crops. Monsanto, using GMO farmers, challenged the right of voters in court to secure their livelihoods with the ordinance banning the GMO poisons.

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Last Friday, Federal Magistrate Judge Mark Clarke dismissed the legal challenge brought by commercial farmers who use Monsanto’s genetically modified alfalfa seeds. The GMO farmers claimed the anti-GMO ordinance violated their right to farm.

However Judge Clarke concluded that exactly the opposite was the case. He held that the county’s no-GMO seed ordinance could take effect this week, citing earlier state legislation that protected commercial farms, in this case organic farmers, from harm from other commercial enterprises, such as the commercial farms whose GMO-laced alfalfa pollen gets carried by the wind and can’t be stopped from tainting organic crops.

“Farmers have always been able to bring claims against other farmers for practices that cause actionable damage to their commercial agriculture products,” Clarke wrote. “The Ordinance, by contrast, is enacted pursuant to section 30.935 [of state law], and serves to prevent such damage before it happens.”

After Jackson County banned the use of GMO seeds, Monsanto and other GMO poison manufacturers successfully lobbied the state legislature of Oregon to ban the banning of GMO seed planting on the county level, but excluded the already voted on Jackson County ordinance. Now, however, with this ruling, the state ban on the other counties appears to violate the equal protection clause of the US Constitution, and it will likely be rendered moot, as another county in Oregon voted to ban the planting of GMO seeds, and is currently pursuing its claim to do so in court.

A spokesperson for the Coalition of Organic Farmers in Jackson County said via email, “We just learned this afternoon that we have WON the Monsanto-backed legal challenge attempting to overturn our Jackson County ban on genetically engineered crops. The court upheld the Ordinance on the grounds that it was intended to protect against damage to commercial agricultural products, which is allowed under the Right to Farm Act, and because it was expressly allowed by the Oregon Legislature.

“While this is an incredible victory for family farmers standing up to the GMO giants, we do know there is a real chance Monsanto and their ilk could appeal this decision so the battle is not really over yet,” the email said. “Also, the Plaintiffs’ claims that the GMO ban constitutes a constitutional “taking” will now have to be litigated in the second phase of the case.”

Expect Monsanto to encourage and fund local GMO farmers to appeal Clarke’s decision to a federal appeals court, meaning this fight is not finished.

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Why do Nike executives want the US congress to pass the Trans Pacific Partnership?

The answer is simple, they want to offshore more jobs, which the corporation will be able to do once the TPP becomes law. But first let me explain a few things.

The folks at Nike declared that the notorious jobs exporter would create 10,000 new manufacturing jobs in the US if the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) is passed by congress. President Obama repeated this lie when he gave a speech at Nike headquarters on May 8. I should point out that 10,000 jobs represents less than 1 percent of Nike’s total manufacturing labor force. So it’s a drop in the bucket.

So how is it that the president is willing to share information from his top secret trade negotiations with Nike executives, but not with the rest of us?

This willingness to create jobs in the United States defies both logic and Nike’s history.

Nike is one of the top jobs exporters in all of US history, if not number one of all time. And the defining issue for Nike in the TPP, that we know of via leaked documents, is the desire of Nike executives to reduce or eliminate the tariff on Nike products the company exports to the United States from Vietnam, which swells the US trade deficit, and ask anybody, the latter is a bad thing.

If the TPP becomes law, we can count on tens of thousands of Nike jobs to be relocated from China to Vietnam because the wages in Vietnam are much lower than in China. This will increase Nike’s profits and stock price. Take a look at the history of Nike’s stock price below.

Nike’s stock price was barely over $4 a share in November 1994, just before the implementation of NAFTA in December 1994. It more than doubled between 1994 and 2000, because the company was able to export more jobs. Then China was given most favored nation status. The price of Nike stock has jumped more than a thousand percent since then because the company was able to export even more jobs. If you owned 1000 shares of Nike in 1994, your stock was worth $4000. Now it would be worth $100,000, and that doesn’t even count the yearly dividend payment.

Nike’s stock growth was a result of exporting jobs. When a job is exported from the US, the difference between the old higher US wage and the new lower Vietnam wage increases profits, which drives stock prices and dividends higher, but leaves everybody else in poverty.

So it’s more than likely that Nike will not shift production to the United States with or without the Trans Pacific Partnership. This suggests that people should rightly be suspicious of the dubious claim by Nike executives that they will create 10,000 US manufacturing jobs in the US if only the TPP passes through congress. Nike could do it right now. And the lowering of US tariffs on imports from Vietnam via the TPP gives Nike absolutely no incentive to create production jobs in the US. Rather, it gives Nike incentives to export the few production jobs in the US and the hundreds of thousands in China to Vietnam.

On the other hand, these executives want the TPP in the worst sort of way, which suggests they have had the privilege of seeing the text of the TPP, a right which is being denied to the rest of us.

So what is the president and his chief Wall Street henchman in the senate (Ron Wyden) hiding?

We know from leaked documents that the TPP will:

* TPP will give incentives for US corporations to export millions of US jobs. The Federal Reserve estimates that 28 million US jobs were exported between 1990 and 2010. Wyden wants to increase this number. Jobs are the biggest US export product. Wyden likes this.

* TPP will increase US income and wealth inequality. The 1 percent have already taken 95 percent of all income growth in the United States since 2009. Currently, the 1 percent are stealing 36+ percent of all income produced in the USA, compared to only 8 percent in 1980. International trade scams and other federal legislation have brought inequality about. For example, when the above jobs were exported, the difference between the old higher US wages and the new lower wages will go straight into the pockets of the 1 percent via higher corporate profits, rising dividends and surging share prices. Wyden is a principle architect of this inequality.

* Those lost jobs will no longer be paying the taxes for our infrastructure, K-12 education, higher education (tuition and fees will go up), social safety nets, schools, fire, police, public transportation, social security taxes, but those lost jobs will push the stock markets higher.

* TPP will effectively eliminate your voting rights on local and state issues since it will unconstitutionally grant investors of the 0.01 percent special privileges to challenge labeling and health and safety local laws and regulations of the 99 percent, which most people call voter suppression, but in this case it should be called voter elimination.

* TPP will eliminate millions of jobs in Latin America, which will drive millions of more people illegally into the United States and depress wages here. See How the Trans Pacific Partnership Will Destroy American Jobs and Exports

* TPP will jack up pharmaceutical prices by extending the patents of the pharmaceutical corporations. Hmm, that doesn’t sound like free trade. It sounds like they’re rigging the game against the 99 percent.

These things we know only from leaked documents, and they’re only a tiny bit of what’s been negotiated. It doesn’t seem like the stuff we don’t know about in the TPP is going to be very good for the majority of citizens, otherwise, the president would let us know what is in the TPP, which is precisely what the president doesn’t want us to know. If the TPP is so good for the majority of American citizens, as the president claims, then why don’t the rich folks want us to know what’s in it?

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The real question is, “Why would anybody trust corporate America? The tobacco corporations lied to us about lung cancer and tobacco, the big banks have lied to us, the corporate press lies to us, the genetically modified corporations lie to us, government politicians on the corporate dole lie to us, and so on and so forth.

Why would anybody purchase pre-manufactured soups and other foods knowing these products might have GMO poisons in them?

The following soups contain GMO poisons, typically in the form of corn-based thickeners and flavoring enhancements:

Campbell’s Basic Soups

Cheddar Cheese
Chicken Noodle
Cream of Broccoli
Cream of Celery
Cream of Chicken
Cream of Mushroom
Green Pea
Tomato

Campbell’s Healthy Request

Chicken Noodle
Cream of Celery
Cream of Chicken
Cream of Mushroom

Campbell’s Select

Baked Potato with Steak & Cheese
Beef with Rice
Chicken Rice
Chunky
Grilled Chicken with Sundried Tomatoes
Hearty Chicken & Vegetable
Pepper Steak
New England Clam Chowder
Roasted Chicken with Rice
Vegetable Beef

Campbell’s Simply Home

Bean & Pasta
Chicken Barley
Chicken Noodle
Chicken & Rice
Chicken & Wild Rice
Corn Chowder
Country Vegetable
Crab Soup
Fat Free Chicken Noodle
Fat Free Lentil
Fat Free Minestrone
Fat Free Roast Chicken
Fiesta Chicken
Garden Vegetable
Lentil
Lobster Bisque
Minestrone
New England Clam Chowder
Roasted Chicken with Rotini
Tomato Basil
Vegetable Beef with Pasta
Zesty Herb Tomato

Campbell’s Soup to Go

Chicken Noodle
Chicken Rice
Garden Vegetable
Vegetable Beef & Rice

Healthy Choice (ConAgra)
All soups

Pepperidge Farms (Campbells)
All soups

Progresso (Pillsbury)
All soups

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From filmsforaction.org

“American biotechnology has turned Argentina into the world’s third-largest soybean producer, but the chemicals powering the boom aren’t confined to soy and cotton and corn fields. They routinely contaminate homes and classrooms and drinking water. A growing chorus of doctors and scientists is warning that their uncontrolled use could be responsible for the increasing number of health problems turning up in hospitals across the South American nation.”

Numerous peer reviewed academic studies link GMOs to health problems across the globe. These studies include genital deformities, infertility, autism, allergies, cancer, liver damage, and much more. Even some leaked studies by Syngenta, one of the largest producers of GMOs, show the harmful impacts of their products, and yet, the US propaganda machine, falsely known as a the news media, keeps you ignorant of all of this.

“In the heart of Argentina’s soybean business, house-to-house surveys of 65,000 people in farming communities found cancer rates two to four times higher than the national average, as well as higher rates of hypothyroidism and chronic respiratory illnesses. Associat

Many provinces in Argentina forbid spraying pesticides and other agrochemicals next to homes and schools. The bans range in distance from 50 meters to as much as several kilometers from populated areas. The Associated Press found many cases of soybeans planted only a few feet from homes and schools, and of chemicals mixed and loaded onto tractors inside residential neighborhoods. In the last 20 years, agrochemical spraying has increased eightfold in Argentina- from 9 million gallons in 1990 to 84 million gallons today. Glyphosate, the key ingredient in Monsanto’s Round Up products, is used roughly eight to ten times more per acre than in the United States. Yet Argentina doesn’t apply national standards for farm chemicals, leaving rule-making to the provinces and enforcement to the municipalities. The result is a hodgepodge of widely ignored regulations that leave people dangerously exposed.”

In the United States, Monsanto has representatives present during the negotiations of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the largest international income and political power redistribution scam falsely labeled as a trade agreement in the history of the world. These representatives have pushed the negotiators to include provisions prohibiting the citizens of the twelve effected nations from voting to label or ban the planting of GMOs on state, county or local levels.

Backed by the corporate Republican Party, and many corporate Democrats, such as Wall Street Senator Ron Wyden and Wall Street President Barack Obama, Monsanto will successfully steal your right to vote in order to continue poisoning you without your knowledge if the Trans Pacific Partnership passes through congress.

President Obama has called on congress later this month to give him imperial authority over US trade policy, which legislation called Fast Track will do. If Fast Track is passed, debate on the TPP will be limited, so you won’t know about it; no amendments to the treaty can be made, and worst of all for the citizens of the United States, no filibuster will be allowed in the senate on the TPP, which means it can sail through the senate with only fifty votes, since Vice President Joe Biden will vote for the TPP as the tie breaker. The president most likely doesn’t have sixty votes in the senate on this issue to override any filibuster, leaving the TPP dead in the water, and your voting rights safe.

Click the link below for more on this story.

Argentina: The Country Monsanto Poisoned–FilmsforAction.org

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Although there is a movement in the US House of Representatives to eliminate your voting rights with respect to genetically modified organisms that are placed in your food and your land, and although the state government of Oregon has passed legislation to ban the voting rights of Oregon citizens on this issue in violation of the state constitution, a BENTON COUNTY, OREGON group, Benton Food Freedom, moved forward last December with a citizen-led initiative called the Local Food System Ordinance to prohibit GMO crop cultivation in the county. Supporters gathered 3,078 signatures. Benton County Supervisor of Elections Jeff Doty confirmed that the measure will appear on the May 2015 ballot. He said the group had enough signatures to “easily qualify,” and the measure is now awaiting a number.

The legislation still in the US House, and the legislation passed by the Oregon state government, are attempts by whining politicians of the Democratic and Republican Party, such as US representative Mike Pompeo, to rig the economic and political game for the 0.01 percent against citizens of ordinary means. These corrupt plutocrats, on behalf of the 0.01 percent, know precisely what they are doing, they’re trying to stop you from exercising your constitutional right to vote.

As for the Benton County initiative, “The basic scenario is that communities are caught in a situation now where they are being kept out of big decisions,” said Kai Huschke, community organizer for Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund. The legal argument for Benton’s ban will be something like this: “Local governments have a constitutional right to create laws with tighter restrictions than what’s mandated at the state or federal levels. “This is a proposition for the people of Benton County, not the state or corporations.”

“Essential Points of the Local Food Ordinance:
1. Legalizes Local Food System for present and future food security.
2. Protects locally grown Heritage seed from contamination by GMO and other patented technologies.
3. Gives Rights to Natural Communities necessary for Local Food System health and well being.
4. Gives Rights to Benton County residents over those claimed by Corporations, patent holders and the State regarding a GMO free Local Food system.”

WE HAVE THE RIGHT to tell the Monsanto’s of the world to take a hike. It’s as simple as that.

READ and watch the video: Video: benton-county-voters-will-decide-on-ge-crop-ban-next-year

Video of signatures delivery:

LEARN more at Benton County Community Rights Coalition: Learn more here/

Benton Food Freedom Ballot Initiative from cheryle easter on Vimeo.

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At a town hall meeting in Clackamas County Oregon on January 3, 2014, I asked Senator Ron Wyden a simple question and he didn’t provide an answer, which suggests that he was avoiding telling the truth, meaning he lied to his audience, or he finally became a senator for the people of Oregon on economic matters. Don’t get your hopes up since actions speak louder than words, and he is a politician.

My question was, “We know from leaked documents that the free trade treaty known as the Trans Pacific Partnership will grant investors special privileges to challenge labeling and health and safety laws and regulations on the state and local levels, which will effectively eliminate our voting rights for and against such things, the TPP will offer new monopolies for Big Pharma to raise medicine prices, limit food safety standards, block financial regulations aimed at preventing the next financial crisis, and outsource more American jobs. Why are you trying to use something called Smart Track to push this through the senate?”

Wyden immediately talked about enforcing the rules of trade treaties already in existence, and it seemed as though he was going to avoid answering my question forever, and he did. He moved on to transparency. At one point, referring to secret negotiations of trade treaties he said “Folks, those days are over when the congress votes on a trade proposal and people in town hall meetings are in the dark. I’ll tell you point blank. Those days are over! I’m going to make sure the American people are brought into this debate in an unprecedented fashion.”

We’ll see. What Wyden didn’t mention is that he is pushing a proposal called Smart Track, which he didn’t explain, thereby keeping everybody in that town hall meeting in the dark, which is precisely what he said he wasn’t going to do. He also didn’t answer the question at all about why he was using Smart Track to push the Trans Pacific Partnership through the senate. The fact that he danced around the issue suggests he’s still a senator doing the bidding of Wall Street and large, politically, powerful corporations; meaning he’s still a senator of the 1 percent on issues pertaining to redistributing income from the 99 to the 1 percent.

I’ve called him Wall Street Senator Ron Wyden almost since the day I began this blog. That’s because on bread and butter issues he always seems to side with the 1 percent via legislation that redistributes the bread and butter of the 99 percent to the 1 percent, such as free trade treaties.

These treaties can easily be negotiated to benefit everyone involved, by such things as having the negotiators develop common labor standards, such as work rules, environmental rules, minimum wages, health and safety standards, as well as developing common and enforceable regulations of financial markets and financial market transactions, but that doesn’t happen. That’s because the purpose of any free trade agreement is to increase corporate profits, not by expanding markets (although that is a coincidental side effect), but by lowering wages.

As the senator knows, the Trans Pacific Partnership has almost nothing to do with trade. It’s all about changing the rules and laws of nations to benefit the 1 percent at the expense of the 99 percent. It’s a massive, highly secretive income redistribution scam, and there is little doubt, the senator knows this. More than anything, knowing he knows this can cause one to speculate that he evaded the answer to my question above, and that he lied, because he intends to keep pushing this nightmare trade proposal for the 99 percent through the senate, and he’ll continue to evade questions on this issue with his usual talking points.

If the senator was really serious about transparency, and really serious about keeping the voters of Oregon in the loop in “an unprecedented fashion,” then he’d have ten to twenty-five town hall meetings, and the only subject would be on this massive scam called a trade treaty. He’d also make certain the major players of the corporate press were there, and honestly reporting on this issue (which the major state newspaper the Oregonian is unlikely to do), and he’d open the meeting by saying something like this,

“My fellow Oregonians, you have elected me to represent you, and so you should know what’s going to happen if the Trans Pacific Partnership, often known as TPP, becomes law. It’s going to change your lives forever, as well as increase the massive income inequality we already have. We know from leaked documents that the TPP will grant investors of the 0.01 percent special privileges to challenge labeling and health and safety local laws and regulations of the 99 percent; which will effectively eliminate your voting rights on local and state levels for and against such things, the TPP will offer new monopolies for Big Pharma to raise medicine prices they charge you, limit food safety standards, block financial regulations aimed at preventing the next financial crisis, and possibly result in the outsourcing of millions of American jobs. It may also kill the remainder of the US textile industry, destroy millions of jobs in Latin America, drive hundreds of thousands if not millions of undocumented immigrants into the United States, and depress wages in both North and South America, all to the benefit of the 1 percent, and all at the expense of the 99 percent. The TPP will cause the trade deficit to increase as more jobs are outsourced, and the products formerly made here will be made over there, and then shipped back here, and this outsourcing will cause a shortage of tax dollars for your schools, fire, police, roads and other public safety nets and infrastructure. What do you folks think about that?”

Until he does something like this, I’ll call him Wall Street Senator Ron Wyden, because until then, his loyalties are clearly with Wall Street and large corporations owned by the 1 percent.

Of course, the senator says that such a thing as the Trans Pacific Partnership doesn’t exist, although it’s almost completely negotiated and President Obama wants to ram it through congress in January.

So, based on what I saw at the town forum, the senator is still going to help the president and the rest of the 0.01 percent ram the treaty through congress with the least amount of public scrutiny possible, because as US Senator Elizabeth Warren said, “From what I hear, Wall Street, pharmaceuticals, telecom, big polluters and outsourcers are all salivating at the chance to rig the Trans Pacific Partnership in the upcoming trade talks. So the question is why are the trade talks secret? I have actually had supporters of the deal say to me “They have to be secret, because if the American people knew what was actually in them they’d be opposed.”

P.S. There is an economic hurricane coming, three or four years down the road at the most, maybe sooner, which will make the last recession look like the good old days, and Wyden’s votes to redistribute income from the 99 tot he 1 percent have played a large role in creating the coming disaster.

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